MMadam Noor Jehan (singer, artist, director)
Noor Jehan was a well-known Pakistani singer and actress who performed in both Pakistan and India. She had recorded over 10,000 songs throughout her career and was a very versatile personality who could sing in numerous languages including Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, and Sindhi. With her drive and hard work, she went on to achieve tremendous success in Pakistani film and music as well. In Pakistan, she was awarded the title of Malika-e-Tarannum (Queen of Melody). She was the recipient of a number of important accolades, including the Pride of Performance Award from the Pakistani government in 1965.
Noor Jehan was born on September 21, 1926, as Allah Rakhi Wasai, into a big Muslim family in Kasur, Punjab, British India. She was one of eleven children. Madad Ali and Fateh Bibi, her parents, were both skilled musicians. Her parents instilled a love of singing in their children from an early age, and Allah Rakhi in particular seemed to be gifted. She began singing when she was around five years old, and her mother quickly noticed her daughter’s talent and arranged for her to undergo early classical singing lessons from Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.
Khan taught her the Patiala Gharana’s Hindustani classical music traditions, as well as the traditional genres of thumri, dhrupad, and khyal, and she demonstrated remarkable diversity in her vocal styles. With the stage name Baby Noor Jehan, she made her first theatrical performance at the age of six in the city of Calcutta for theatre director Diwan Sardari Lal. She was discovered a few years later by Punjabi musician Ghulam Ahmed Chishti, for whom she sang in 1935.
She holds the record for singing the greatest number of songs in Pakistani movie history. During her long career, which spanned more than six decades from the 1930s to the 1990s, she performed over 20,000 songs and appeared in more than 40 films. She was also Pakistan’s first female film director. Jehan was five years old at the time. She’d worked in a variety of classical music genres, as well as traditional folk music and popular theatre.
Noor Jehan met Punjabi musician Ghulam Ahmed Chishti when she was nine years old, and they became friends throughout the years. He then created a number of naats, ghazals, and folk melodies for her to sing on stage. After completing her vocational training, Jahan began her singing career in Lahore with her older sisters. She used to perform live in front of movie theatres before showings.
She migrated to Calcutta with her family in the early 1930s and began working in a Diwan Sardari Lal’s theatre. Her parents anticipated that Allah Wasai and her elder sisters, Eiden Bai and Haider Bandi, would pursue cinematic careers. Mukhtar Begum, who was the honour of a virgin, urged her sisters to join film businesses and even suggested them to her husband, Agha Hashar Kashmiri.
Noor Jehan made her debut in 1935, K.D, alongside her older sisters, singing the Punjabi song “Langh Aja Patan Chanaan Da O Yaar” from the Punjabi film “Pind di Kuri,” directed by Mehra. This song was Noor Jahan’s first big hit. She subsequently had the opportunity to perform in the film “Missar Ka Sitara” in 1936, as well as sing the film’s songs for music composer Damodar Sharma. In 1937, she starred as a child artist in the film “Heer-Sayyal,” in which she portrayed the character of Heer, and in 1939, she sang the Punjabi song “Shala jawaniyan maney” from Dalsukh Pancholi’s Punjabi film “Gul Bakawli.”
Noor Jahan relocated to Bombay after the film family’s success. He met actor and director Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi there. The number of encounters between Noor Jahan and Rizvi grew, and it was time for them to marry. Noorjahan’s family was opposed to the connection because they did not want an earning girl to marry and take all of her money with her, therefore Rizvi’s relationship was forbidden. However, Rizvi and Noor’s love was heard loud and clear, and they married. Pakistan was established when India was partitioned in 1947. Both husband and wife relocated to Karachi, Pakistan. Three years later, Noor Jahan began filming Chen Wei, his first feature film. Noor Jahan directed the picture, but she used to claim that it was truly Kasarakam Rizvi who directed it.
Madam Noor Jahan’s acting career came to a stop following her first and second marriages, but she had a long and successful singing career. No other singer has been able to fill his shoes. During the 1971 conflicts, Noor Jahan’s thrilling songs and hymns echoed across the borders and the country, and this echo continues to this day. Noor Jahan started in the field of singing and performing as a kid and has continued to do so throughout his 74-year career. Noor Jahan sang in Urdu, Punjabi, Persian, Bengali, Pashto, Sindhi, and Hindi, causing a sensation all over the world.
Noor Jahan’s songs are still sung across the world. Their delightful sounds are constructed in the humming breezes and lows, and the atmosphere is still filled with the brightness of their throats. Hearing this, the caravan comes to a halt, forgetting about its voyage and the seven skies. Queen of Destiny only gave Madam Noor Jahan this pride of beauty, this pride of bravery, and the secret of life that no one else knows about. Noor Jahan was afflicted for a long time, but she overcame it with great patience and effort. Karachi was where she spent the last days of her life. She only met a few people throughout this period. According to Laylat al-Qadr, on December 23, 2000 (27th of Ramadan). This lovely and fortunate night bids farewell to this mortal.